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Joined : 7/15/2011 2:39:43 PM
Location : Us, Georgia
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http://home.g-net.net/~dwjewelry/DreamWeaver

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I have a blog!
http://dreamweaverkalla.blogspot.com/

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and Tumblr!
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Though I am an avid gamer and my mother's caretaker, and am usually found cooking, cleaning, or playing World of Warcraft (among others), I always have time to make jewelry and dream catchers.

It all started when I picked up a seed-bead anklet at the mall when I was about 15. I paid $15 for it. The first time I wore it, it broke. When I looked at how it was constructed, it was immediately clear why. Mom drove me to the local craft store, where I picked up beads of the same size, some stringing wire, and some clasps, and remade the anklet.
.... I STILL, 15 years later, occasionally wear that anklet. I made seed-bead pieces for a time, my most popular being a peace-sign design for earrings, though I have not made them for quite some time now. They were gifts to friends, or sold to people I knew at cost of materials. I thought nothing of it.

When I was 18, I found myself with a LOT of pieces; anklets, necklaces, bracelets, seed beaded, some with semiprecious stone chips in them, some plain. I took them to the local craft fair...
... and sold one item over a 10 hour day. But I didn't want to give up.

I tried loom items. I began to use semiprecious stones prominently. The next craft fair was more successful. And then I discovered... eye pins and how to shape them. The next craft fair I had to leave early; I was out of stuff!

I went dormant until 2005, where I took my jewelry to an anime convention. Anything I made with crystal sold, but not so much on the semiprecious stones. The next convention I had nothing but crystal work, and I did well, and have done decently at almost ever con I attend to sell.

I upgraded  to Sterling Silver wire instead of plated materials, so I now create two types: "costume" jewelry, made for occasional wear, with silver-plated wire, or "fine" jewelry with Sterling Silver wire. Instead of a single design for each piece, I now have several, some wrapped, some a little fancier, some just simple, clean work for everyday wear that will offer just the right glint for attention.


Dream Catchers caught my eye when I purchased one at the local renaissance faire. It was tiny, but I wanted to learn to make them. Now I make them for gifts to friends, often including a semi-precious Pendulum chain to hang in the web. Each one is unique, which I pride myself on.

As often as I can, I tailor the Pendulum and webbing to the personality or request of who it is intended for. Wire hoops, genuine dyed leather (suede), various natural feathers, waxed/unwaxed sinew (artificial), and semiprecious and bone beads make up these treasures. My technique has only improved over the years, so my webs are tighter and more resilient than when I started. I have NEVER used glue, and never will. It has only been recently that I've considered offering these for sale, though currently I have not been putting them up, instead taking my time to  build a stock.  Dream Catchers take a while to make, and as a perfectionist, I won't so much as photograph one with mistakes.
My Shop Policy:
Hello and welcome!

I started making jewelry in high school with glass seed beads, string and wire. Now I work with various types of silver and silver plated wire and Swarovski crystal beads and accents to create my work.I am very flexible in working with my customers and seeing that they are happy with my work.
Color, style, payment and shipping special requests are all handled on a case-by-case basis, so please do not hesitate to ask questions!

I accept PayPal and money order currently, as they are the most secure. Payments should be made within 7 days of purchase, or I will start nagging ;)  If no payment has been made, and no contact to explain late payment (Real Life happens, accidents happen, and I do know I have forgotten I've won auctions or made purchases on occasion!), and no response to my gentle nag has been received within 14 days of purchase, it goes down as a black mark in my book, and proper steps will be sought.
Note: If you cannot pay by check, money order or PayPal, please contact me, and we will see about working something out.

I ship by USPS (usually Priority), usually with delivery confirmation, and typically ship Fridays, unless I notify otherwise (holidays, vacations, etc.).  If you have other needs (are unable receive USPS mail or need an item rushed before a Friday, or want to ask about gift wrap/shipping), please contact me to work something out!
On that note, I will gift package, and gift ship at no additional charge! Just ask!

I welcome international buyers! Shipping for international will slightly higher due to international forms/charges.

NOTE: For those paying by check or money order, I will not ship an item until the check or money order is cashed and CLEARED through the bank.  This may cause a delay in shipping since I ship on Fridays.  If you need an item quickly and are paying by check or money order, please contact me so we may work out how to handle your rush order!

My jewelry is intended for adults, not children under the age of 13.  The designs may be more delicate than they appear and while sturdy enough for typical wear, this jewelry is not meant for rough handling.

CPSIA Warning:
My jewelry contains Swarovski Crystal beads and components. Crystal does contain Lead, which is dangerous if ingested.  To prevent the danger of accidental ingestion, my jewelry should be kept out of the hands of children and infants.  According to the EncycloBEADia on FireMountainGems.com: ( http://www.firemountaingems.com/encyclobeadia/beading_resources.asp?docid=MSCLLNSCRYSTL&sact=search )Swarovski crystal contains 21% lead.

I'm a nice person by default.  If you are willing to work with me, I am willing to work with you in most cases.  If you are not nice to me, I may reserve the right to not be as nice to you.That said, if you have questions, ask me! If you have custom work you'd like to see if I can do, ask me!  If you want a different color combination, or want to know if I carry (or can get) a particular color crystal, ask me!

An interactive FAQ can be found here:

http://www.facebook.com/notes/dream-weaver-jewelry-and-more/questions-and-answers/257759620927092

If you have a question, please post, and I will answer!
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